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January 11, 2021 — It seems Ziggurat Interactive is starting 2021 with a bang. According to an announcement on their Steam page, the publisher is unleashing a treasure trove of retro games at a discount. Released in two waves so far, Ziggurat Interactive has brought out of their vault a nice set of games making any retro gamer smile. Even if you are not familiar with any of the titles offered, this is a perfect chance to get your hands on some titles that many older gamers grew up with in the 80s and 90s.
December 26, 2020 — Ghosts ’n Goblins is an undying classic in the modern gaming world. Largely thanks in part to how well its gameplay has aged over the years. Released back in 1985, this classic IP has gained a cult-following over the years; Its difficulty being the primary force behind the fans. Ghosts ’n Goblins has received 2 sequels in total, with a 2.5D refresh back in 2006 on the PlayStation Portable. Since then, the franchise has been about as dead as the various ghouls and ghosts that you slay as Arthur. That is, until the reboot — Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection — was announced, and given a release date for February 25, 2021.
December 22, 2020 — Famous English band, Muse, will be part of a new free update to Synth Riders. This will be the third music pack for Synthwave Essentials 2, and it will be released on January 14th. However, the update with Muse’s inclusion is not the only patch planning to expand elements of Synth Riders. Alongside Muse’s music being added to the game, a new “Power-Up” update was also announced. The update will add some new features to the rhythm game’s multiplayer mode, and will be available across all platforms including Oculus Quest, Rift, and Steam.
December 20, 2020 — Cyberpunk 2077 is easily this year’s biggest release. The hype was beyond measurable, and the fans were eager to lap up more quality material from CD Project Red. Multiple delays, resulting in more than half a year of waiting, left gamers with a positive outlook for the game’s release. More development time surely meant a better final product right? Unfortunately, Cyberpunk 2077’s quality as a product was a steep departure from the public’s collective expectation. The graphics, story, and general combat were received well enough. However, the buggy nature of the open world — coupled with poor performance — left a sour taste in many fan’s mouths. These issues were magnitudes worse on the last-generation consoles too, especially the PS4. Bad enough that Sony actually pulled the title from its digital store fronts.
December 17, 2020 — Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto Online will be joining the likes of Roblox and Fortnite. The 7 year old game is breaking ground and introducing its own in-game concert venue, with the ability to host live musicians. In their blog post, the company went into great detail about their goals with their new digital stage. Dubbed “The Music Locker”, this new underground night club will feature real-world DJs to entertain players, as well as being a venue for live performances. Read More »
December 15, 2020 — Although Streets of Rage 4 came out in April, it was such an awesome retro game reboot that we felt it deserved more attention. SoR4 is also the perfect way to light up the winter with neon-spirited, co-op, street fighting action; with its catchy, modern — yet retro — tunes fitting the visual styles of every level like a glove. Adding to the already impressive original soundtrack roster, that features original composers Yūzō Koshiro, and Motohiro Kawashima, is a selection of guest musicians including; Harumi Fujita, Scattle, Das Mörtal, XL Middleton, and Groundislava.
December 10, 2020 — After over nine years of proving players that it is more than just a 2-dimensional Minecraft, Terraria will finally see it’s soundtrack release on vinyl. Terraria has been a smash hit with four million copies sold to date; in 2020 the game saw one final update go live to bring it’s development to an end. Re-Logic and Laced Records have teamed up to remaster and collect the sixty tracks to make a deluxe triple vinyl collection. Terraria’s life cycle has seen so many changes and updates, that if you were to take a look at Terraria when it first released it almost wouldn’t even be the same game. The differences in visuals, content, audio, and gameplay are a testament to the developers hard work and vision.
December 4, 2020 — Mikolai Stroinski, composer for quite a few games, TV shows, and films, was kind enough to join us for an interview, where we talked about his work, his favorite media, and more. Our goal was to really get inside the head of the man who’s music is more impactful than the visuals they are usually paired with. In fact, If you have played The Witcher 3, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, or Gwent, you may be surprised to know Stroinski composed for all of them. He also lent his musical talents for IPs like League of Legends, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Age of Empires 4, and even Bee Simulator. Outside of gaming, Stroinski has produced tracks that have appeared in The Bachelorette, and even Pawn Stars.
December 3, 2020 — According to a listing in British Colombia’s Film Commission, the sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog will begin production on March 15th, 2021. The soundtrack and score of the first film sadly didn’t have much of the revered music featured in the original games. Though one has to ask, if things might change this time around? In the first theater adaption of the Sonic franchise, the score was composed by the highly respected Thomas Holkenborg. Holkenborg is known for his work in films such as Mad Mad: Fury Road, Deadpool, and Terminator Dark Fate.
November 3, 2020 — Astrogon, a new mobile game by Kosmoon Studio, is bringing stylish retro vibes to iOS and Android. Released November 1st, 2020, Astrogon has a strong eighties presence, complete with neon aesthetics and a retrowave soundtrack to jam out to as you conquer each level. It is not often that a game in the app store catches the eye like this one, and I am not sure there are any quite like this.
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